RHS Students Voice Opinion on Osama's Death

 Victoria Fregoso reports, vfregoso@k2tv.com

 Americans will never forget where they were on September 11th. Even the younger people that are now in high school.

The students that sit in Lorenzo Chouinard's Current Issues class were only 6 to 8 years old when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes on September 11, 2001.
And now, ten years later, they are here to see the death of the man behind those attacks.

"It's probably a good thing that he's gone but the thing is, we shouldn't be jumping for joy or anything because he could of trained people to do the things that he did," one Riverton High School student said.

These young people had a variety of concerns, feelings and predictions on Osama Bin Laden's death.

"In this class, we have a lot of freedom of speech. A lot of different opinions come out and there's balance in here. Their opinion was that it's about time that we got Osama Bin Laden, it took ten years," said Lorenzo Chouinard, a Social Studies teacher at Riverton High School.

But their main concern is what's yet to come.

"This could cause more terrorism. We could have more people die from this. We could have bigger wars from this."

"Our intelligence is really good but we can't be right all of the time. If they get lucky, I'm just scared."

Lorenzo Chouinard was in this same classroom during the September 11th attacks and he has seen the effect its had on his students over the past 10 years.

"I remember the buildings collapsing and two girls looking at me, I was white as a ghost. They said 'Mr. Chouinard are you ok?' And I said 'I don't know if I'll ever be ok again. Simply because this is going to take a long time to take care of business and your grandkids can be there.' It effected me that way because I knew my students are going to be involved. I have students now enlisting still, I have students in Afghanistan."

The students in Chouinard's Current Issues class plan on discussing the details of Bin Laden's death as they unfold.